Deal alert: Fly American first class to a reopened Hawaii from 75,000 miles roundtrip

Apr 9, 2021

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

If you’ve wanted to head to a reopened Hawaii while unloading your AAdvantage miles, now might be the time to book. 

We’re currently seeing American Airlines business class award space to Hawaii starting from 75,000 AAdvantage miles roundtrip. This deal is available from various cities across the U.S. to Honolulu (HNL), Lihue (LIH), Maui (OGG) and Kona (KOA).

There’s availability for travel from now through mid-summer, but you’ll want to act quickly because there’s no telling how long it’ll be around.

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AAdvantage awards in premium cabins are notoriously difficult to book at low mileage levels, but every so often, web special deals appear below the cost of a MilesAAver award ticket. Regardless, a roundtrip MilesAAver first award from the continental U.S. to Hawaii would typically require 110,000 miles so this is potentially a significant savings.

American flies an array of different equipment to Hawaii, but several of these routes are on widebody planes — complete with direct aisle access from every business class seat, lie-flat beds and full, hot meals.

Related: American Airlines just put widebodies on 3 Alaska, Hawaii routes

As of November 2020, change and cancellation fees on all American award tickets, including Web Specials, are waived. That’s regardless of destination or class of service. While they remain non-changeable, anyone can now redeposit them back into an AAdvantage account for free.

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The deal

Airline: American Airlines

Routes: Various cities to Honolulu (HNL), Lihue (LIH), Maui (OGG) and Kona (KOA). At the time of this writing, HNL has the most availability from 75,000 miles roundtrip. 

Cost: From 75,000 AAdvantage miles roundtrip in first class (some routes with lie-flat seats)

Dates: Now through mid-summer

Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline; on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel) for travel protections on the award flight.

Sample itineraries

Here are a few examples of what you can book.

New York (NYC) to Honolulu (HNL) with a connection

(Screenshot courtesy of American)

New York (NYC) to Maui (OGG) with a connection

(Screenshot courtesy of American)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Lihue (LIH) nonstop

(Screenshot courtesy of American)

Chicago (ORD) to Kona (KOA) with a connection

(Screenshot courtesy of American)

Hawaii routes with lie-flat seats (May-June 2021)

Origin Destination Plane type(s)
CLT HNL Boeing 777-200
DFW HNL Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
DFW KOA Boeing 777-200
DFW OGG Boeing 777-200, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
ORD HNL Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
PHX HNL Boeing 777-200
PHX OGG Boeing 777-200


Boosting your AAdvantage balance

There are a variety of ways to boost your AAdvantage balance, so you’re ready for the next deal. One way is to sign up for an AAdvantage credit card. Some of the better offers include: 

The information for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select, CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Choosing the best credit card for American Airlines flyers

Maximize your purchase

When paying the taxes and fees on your award ticket, be sure to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases and offers travel protection if anything goes wrong. Cards that fit the bill include The Platinum Card® from American Express, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

Related: The best credit cards for paying taxes and fees on award tickets

Featured photo by Madison Blancaflor/The Points Guy.

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